"Super Bass" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj from the deluxe version of her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010). It was sent to US rhythmic radio stations as the album's fifth single on Tuesday April 5, 2011. The song was co-written by Minaj, along with Ester Dean, Roahn Hylton, and Kane Beatz, who also produced the song along with JMIKE. According to Minaj, the song's lyrics detail the story of a playful romance between a male and a female. The song contains electronic influences, while Minaj raps over a hip hop beat.
|Single by Nicki Minaj|
|from the album Pink Friday (Deluxe version)|
|B-side||"Moment 4 Life"|
|Released||April 5, 2011|
|Nicki Minaj singles chronology|
"Super Bass" received positive reviews from music critics upon release. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in New Zealand, as well as number six in Australia and Canada. It also reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, it has sold over five million digital downloads as of December 2014. An accompanying music video for the single was shot in March 2011 by director Sanaa Hamri. The video shows Minaj playfully taunting a group of men and makes use of multiple props, all of which are colored bubblegum pink.
Music and lyricsEdit
"Super Bass" was co-written by Minaj, Ester Dean, Roahn Hylton, and Daniel "Kane Beatz" Johnson, who produced the song alongside JMIKE. While being interviewed by MTV News during the video shoot for the single, Minaj explained the song's concept, stating: "'Super Bass' is about the boy that you are crushing over, [...] And you kind of want to get your mack on, but you're taking the playful approach." The song utilizes electronic music and pop in its composition, while Minaj raps over a hip hop beat, while also infusing elements of J-pop combined with an upbeat hook. It uses a busy beat that is interspersed with digital rain drop sound effects and strong bass. Minaj's vocals in the song have been described as "breathy". "Super Bass" is written in the key of G-sharp minor with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute..Minaj's lyrics in the song are often provocative and suggestive, with lines like "He just gotta give me that look, when he give me that look / Then the panties comin' off, off, uh" and a catchy onomatopoetic refrain: "Boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass, he got dat super bass".
Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly stated that the song describes Minaj's type of man as "one who hits the gym often and has first-class... money" as she states: "He pops bottles and he’s got the right kind of build.... He’s always in the air / But he never flies coach". Charley Rogulewski of AOL's The Boombox stated that "the uber-catchy 'boom, badoom, boom, boom' chorus makes 'Super Bass' the most pop-friendly Minaj song released to radio [sic] yet". Described as a lighter side to Minaj by Jessica Sinclair of Long Island Press, the song gets more in-depth with a little more pop and an upbeat hook that "really sticks"; however, Minaj still assists the song's pop edge with "crazy rapping skills".
Wesley Case of The Baltimore Sun gave the song a positive review, stating that it was an "obvious hit". He compared the song to the rest of Pink Friday, stating that it is much more potent as compared to the rest of the album. Case later added: "Pink Friday is short on memorable hooks, but 'Super Bass' is an exception". Rap-Up described the tune as "infectious". Jessica Sinclair of Long Island Press complimented Nicki Minaj for taking "center stage" on the song, due to her solo performance, and added that in doing so Minaj created a success. Sinclair additionally commented on the song as a lighter side to Minaj, and complimented the hook as upbeat and added that it "really sticks". Rosie Gray of BlackBook complimented the song as a "killer". Alex Pielak of Metro compared Minaj's "Super Bass" to Beyoncé's "Move Your Body", stating that: "Nicki wins for the sheer number of words she's managed to cram in – and therefore takes the face off".
Lewis Corner from Digital Spy gave the single four out of a possible five stars. Corner wrote that the song's chorus was "sharper than a Sherbet Dib Dab." Minaj's "eccentric rapping style" was praised in the review with Corner writing that the song was likely to become her first solo top ten hit in the United States or the United Kingdom. Claire Suddath of Time magazine named "Super Bass" one of the Top 10 Songs of 2011. As of January 2015, Billboard listed the song as one of "The 20 Best Songs of 2010s (So Far)". The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual critics' poll ranked "Super Bass" at number three to find the best music of 2011.
On the week of May 14, 2011, "Super Bass" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at position 98. The following week it rose 50 spots to number 48. On the week titled May 21, 2011, "Super Bass" debuted on the Hot Rap Songs and Hot Digital Songs charts at number 25 and 31 respectively. In its 14th week, the song reached a new peak at number three on the Hot 100, while also having longevity on the charts for 39 weeks until 2012; 38 of which were in the top 50. In Canada, "Super Bass" debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 92. It was the highest-charting female rap song since "Work It" by Missy Elliott in 2002. "Super Bass" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 46 on May 21, 2011, and after nine non-consecutive weeks of moving up the chart, reached a peak of number eight on the chart for the week ending August 13, 2011. In December 2013, "Super Bass" was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of December 2014, the song has sold 5 million copies in the United States.
Minaj explaining the video's inspiration.
On March 10, 2011, Minaj revealed during an interview with MTV News that she was shooting a video for "Super Bass" with director Sanaa Hamri and producers: Kimberly S. Stuckwisch, Michelle Larkin & Keith "KB" Brown. She explained the video's concept, stating that she wanted the video to be full of eye candy and that she wanted it to be colorful. On April 26, 2011, Minaj premiered a sneak peek of the music video on BET's 106 & Park. The preview showed Minaj in a pink wig with similarly-clad backup dancers gyrating to the song, wearing a uniform of white tank tops, denim shorts, and different colored work boots and the same laces.
Originally the video was set to premiere on the same show as where the preview was premiered on April 27, 2011, but instead was postponed. Minaj took to Twitter to explain that the music video has been pulled from the show and would not be premiering that date for unknown reasons. The music video instead premiered on Minaj's official Vevo account on May 5, 2011.
The music video begins with a close-up of Minaj as she opens her eyes and begins to blink as the song begins. As Minaj raps verses of the song, Barbie- approved props; a pink Ferrari, pink plane and a pink pool, are shown contemplating what Minaj is saying in the verse. Minaj then begins to playfully tease men as clips of ice-speakers and a motorcycle made of ice are interlaced into the scene. As the chorus begins, Minaj is seen performing choreography with five clones of herself. As the video continues, Minaj is seen in a green wig at a pool side with several well-built men, and then splashing with a man in the pool of pink water. Minaj then continues to ride the motorcycle made of ice while wearing a skintight pink bodysuit emblazoned with giraffe prints, a half-blond and pink wig, gold eye shadow and bright pink lipstick. Minaj then begins to reprise her lap dances in the dark, with black lights setting the glowing tone of the dancers, as Minaj glows in the dark with glowing lips, hair and makeup. She and her dancers play in feathers that are also glow in the dark towards the end of the video. The video closes with Safaree S.B. Samuels dancing beside her, and Minaj lit in the black lighting, biting her finger while laying across the lap of a male she gave a lapdance to in the video.
Critical reception and accoladesEdit
D.L. Chandler from Rapfix complimented the video's visuals writing, "it is a dazzling visual affair if nothing else". AOL music's Contessa Gayles reviewed the video, writing, "The highlight of the Sanaa Hamri-directed video? The glow-in-the-dark lap-dance scene." On the day of its premiere, Rap-Up complimented the video as "vibrant". Becky Bain of Idolator gave the song a positive review, comparing it to "Judas" stating, "Super Bass had the better choreography in an anxiously-awaited music video featuring a pop star riding a motorcycle released today. (Sorry, 'Judas')". United Kingdom's MTV found Minaj's signature lap dance "saucy" and complimented the clip's use of "hunky men" and "outrageous flirting". Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly stated that there is plenty of "eye candy" for both men and women, stating that Minaj "ratchets up the sex appeal" in the clip. Wesley Case of The Baltimore Sun complimented the video as wildly stylized that "looks like a comic book come to life". At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Minaj's video for "Super Bass" was nominated under the Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video categories, winning the latter and gaining Minaj her first moonman. As of November 2019, the video has been viewed over 800 million times on YouTube.
Live performances and cover versionsEdit
"Super Bass" was performed live for the first time during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on May 22, 2011. Minaj performed the song alongside David Guetta at the American Music Awards of 2011 on November 20, 2011, and also performed Guetta's song "Turn Me On", which Minaj was featured on. Minaj also performed the song on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and on the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which aired on November 29, 2011 on CBS. The song was the encore song on Minaj's debut concert tour, the Pink Friday Tour. She also has performed the song on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour, The Pinkprint Tour and on The Nicki Wrld Tour.
Minaj performed "Super Bass" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards followed by "Bed of Lies" with Skylar Grey and "Anaconda". On May 30, 2015, Minaj also performed the song on the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party 2015 in Las Vegas.
The song has been covered by several artists and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Sophia Grace & Rosie who performed with Minaj on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after going viral on YouTube.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2011||4Music Video Honours||Best Big Beat||Won|||
|MP3 Music Awards||Music Industry Choice Award||Won|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video||Nominated|||
|Best Hip-Hop Video||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Song||Nominated|||
|2012||Billboard Music Awards||Top Rap Song||Nominated|||
|Top Streaming Song (Audio)||Nominated|||
|Top Streaming Song (Video)||Won|||
|BMI Pop Awards||Award-Winning Song||Won|||
|BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards||Song of the Year||Won|||
|International Dance Music Awards||Best R&B/Urban Dance Track||Nominated|||
|Best Rap/Hip Hop Dance Track||Won|||
|MTV Platinum Video Plays Awards||Most-Played Music Video||Won|||
- Digital download
- "Super Bass" – 3:19
- US CD single
- "Super Bass" – 3:21
- "Moment 4 Life" – 4:39
- UK Promo CD single
- "Super Bass" – 3:21
Credits and personnelEdit
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday, Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown.
|Australia (ARIA)||6× Platinum||420,000^|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||45,000|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000*|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||2× Platinum||20,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||8× Platinum||5,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Radio and release historyEdit
|United States||April 5, 2011||Rhythmic contemporary|
|Australia||May 13, 2011||Digital download||Cash Money|
|Germany||May 16, 2011|
|United States||May 17, 2011||Contemporary hit radio|
|June 20, 2011||Urban contemporary|
- "What Makes Nicki Minaj's Music Fun and Smart". Spin. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- "Songs That Defined the Decade: Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass'". Billoard. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
- Trust, Gary (December 23, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
- Dan Rys (June 29, 2012). "Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Award Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday, Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown.
- Chandler, D.L (March 10, 2011). "Nicki Minaj 'Letting It All Hang Out' On 'Super Bass' Video Set Young Money diva calls latest clip 'playful' and 'sexy.'". 'MTV News'. MTV Networks (Viacom). Retrieved April 24, 2011.
- Corner, Lewis (May 3, 2011). "Nicki Minaj: 'Super Bass'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Macpherson, Alex (August 17, 2011). "Nicki Minaj's Super Bass and this year's best summer jams". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "Beyoncé vs Nicki Minaj: Music video fight club". Metro. ACP Magazines. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Sinclair, Jessica. "Nicki Minaj Super Bass : Super Bass Music Video". Long Island Press. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Wesley Case (2011-05-06). "Nicki Minaj debuts new 'Super Bass' video". Baltimoresun. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Unsupported Browser or Operating System". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- Wete, Brad (2011-04-25). "Nicki Minaj goes wild for her man in 'Super Bass' video: Watch here | The Music Mix | EW.com". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Nicki Minaj Makes Her Wig Glow in 'Super Bass' Video". The Boombox. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Sneak Peek: Nicki Minaj – 'Super Bass'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- Sinclair, Jessica. "Nicki Minaj Super Bass : Super Bass Music Video". Long Island Press. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- Rosie Gray. "'Super Bass' Vs. 'Judas': Judging the Two Biggest Videos this Week – BlackBook". Blackbookmag.com. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- Corner, Lewis. "Nicki Minaj: 'Super Bass'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- Suddath, Claire (December 7, 2011). "The Top 10 Everything of 2011 - Nicki Minaj, 'Super Bass". Time. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
- Billboard Staff (January 12, 2015). "The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)". Retrieved January 12, 2015.
- "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "Digital Songs (May 21, 2011)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "Rap Songs (May 21, 2011)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "Nicki Minaj - Super Bass - Billboard.com". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
- "Canadian Hot 100 (May 21, 2011)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "American certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
- "Video: On Set of Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Sneak Peek: Nicki Minaj – 'Super Bass'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Video: Nicki Minaj – 'Super Bass'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Chandler, D.L. (2011-05-06). "Nicki Minaj Drops 'Super Bass' Video, Fans React". Rapfix. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- Gayles, Contessa (2011-05-06). "Nicki Minaj Glows in the Dark in 'Super Bass' Video". AOL Music. AOL Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
- "Nicki Minaj Glows In Her Colorful "Super Bass" Video | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Nicki Minaj Unveils Sexy 'Super Bass' Video | Nicki Minaj | News | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Dinh, James (August 28, 2011). "Nicki Minaj Wins Best Hip-Hop Video VMA". MTV News. Viacom.
- "Nicki Minaj Performs with Britney Spears at Billboard Music Awards [Video]". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
- Daw, Robbie (November 20, 2011). "American Music Awards 2011: Watch The Performances". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Staff, Idolator (January 1, 2012). "Watch Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, & Justin Bieber Rock 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
- Montgomery, James (November 10, 2011). "Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Rock Victoria's Secret Show". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
- "Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Perform at IHeartRadio Summer Pool Party", Rap-Up, 31 May 2015, retrieved 31 May 2015
- "4Music Video Honours 2011: Results".
- "News: 4Music Video Honours 2011 - Best Video Nominees".
- "Wretch 32 and Adele win at the 2011 MP3 Music Awards". NME.
- "MTV Video Music Awards 2011: Nominees". MTV.
- "MTV Video Music Awards". MTV.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2011: Nominees".
- "Billboard Music Awards 2012: Nominees". Archived from the original on January 4, 2014.
- "Billboard Music Awards 2012: The Complete Winners List".
- "BMI Pop Awards 2012: Winners".
- "Complete List of The 2012 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards". Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- "IDMAS". wintermusicconference.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2017.
- "MTV International reveal most played videos for 2011".
- "Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)". ITunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
- "Nicki Minaj - Super Bass (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.
- "Nicki Minaj - Super Bass (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.
- "Australian-charts.com – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles Chart - 11/7/2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Austriancharts.at – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Ultratop.be – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Super Bass". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Nicki Minaj chart history". The Official Lebanese Top 20. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- "Charts.nz – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
- "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: January 15, 2012 to January 21, 2012)". Gaon Chart. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
- "Swisscharts.com – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
- "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
- "Best of 2011: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- "Top Selling Singles of 2011 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 2011-12-31.
- "The Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of the Year". BBC. 2011-12-31.
- "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
- "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
- "Pop Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
- "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
- "Decade-End Charts: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
- "Danish single certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
- "RIAJ certs". RIAJ. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "New Zealand single certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Recorded Music NZ.
- "Norwegian single certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "British single certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Super Bass in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
- "American single certifications – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 20, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
- "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011.
- "Super Bass – Single". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on June 2, 2011.
- "Super Bass – Single". iTunes Store New Zealand. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013.
- "Super Bass [Explicit]". Amazon.de. Archived from the original on March 1, 2015.
- "Home > Top 40/Mainstream > Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011.
- "®R&R :: Going For Adds™ :: Urban". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on March 1, 2015.